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spinach goat cheese pasta in two bowls

Spinach Goat Cheese Pasta

Calling all goat cheese lovers! This spinach goat cheese pasta recipe is loaded with fresh spinach and a touch of lemon. It's simple and fast to make.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy goat cheese pasta, easy goat cheese pasta, spinach goat cheese pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 369 kcal
Author Natasha Bull


  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Boil a salted pot of water and cook the pasta al dente according to package directions. Important: reserve about a cup of the pasta water before you drain it! Drain the pasta and set it aside.

  2. In the same pot you cooked the pasta in, add the butter and melt it over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook for about a minute.

  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cooked pasta back into the pot. Stir in the goat cheese, parmesan, and lemon juice. Add a splash of the pasta water (a little at a time) and keep stirring/tossing until you've got a nice, creamy consistency.

  4. Add in the spinach (and basil if using) and toss with the pasta. Cover the pot for a minute or two to help the spinach wilt.

  5. Season with salt & pepper as needed and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Goats cheese can be quite strong, so I only recommend making this recipe if you really like the stuff!
  • I used a 4 ounce soft goat's cheese log for this recipe.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Spinach Goat Cheese Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 336mg15%
Potassium 226mg6%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1895IU38%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 205mg21%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.